The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is receiving assistance from Baton Rouge residents to feed the needy in its 11-parish service area.

Residents raised more than $53,800 in monetary donations and in-store purchases through Wal-Mart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, held March 28 through April 25.

Nationwide, the campaign raised more than $17.4 million to support the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, a news release said.

“These funds will go a long way in helping us provide meals for the children and families who count on our support throughout the year,” said Michael G. Manning, president and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.